Wisconsin Public Health Insurance
There are many public health insurance plans and options that make healthcare accessible to all Wisconsin residents. These services are provided through the U.S. federal government or Wisconsin Medicaid and Medicare programs. These public health insurance programs are available to you in the event that you do are unable to afford other health insurance options, you reach the appropriate age bracket, or are disabled.
Click on an area below to be taken to more detailed pages about Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), Medicaid, or Medicare programs, plans, options, and FAQs.
ObamaCare, The Affordable Care Act
Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, refers to any health care insurance plan that can be purchased through the federally operated Health Insurance Marketplace. When applying for Obamacare, you may find that you also qualify for cost assistance or government subsidies.
Learn more about the Obamacare program, Marketplace, plans, and FAQs
Wisconsin Medicaid: Health Insurance For Low Income
Wisconsin Medicaid is the state-funded health insurance for low-income individuals, families, pregnant women, and those with disabilities. Wisconsin opted to not expand eligibility for Medicaid upon initial review of ACA but instead increased subsidies offered through the public exchange and BadgerCare covers the entire population including adults. In recent years, they have started discussions about finally expanding, but the changes are still a long way away. As such, individuals with no dependent children have no current options under Wisconsin Medicaid.
Wisconsin Medicaid programs include:
- Family Care
- Well Woman Medicaid plan
- Various waivers
Learn more about the Wisconsin Medicaid program, plans, options, and FAQs
Medicare is the federal health insurance for those who are 65 years of age or older, or who have a specific disability such as end-stage renal disease. If you have Medicare Part A today, you meet the requirements for qualified health coverage per the Affordable Care Act. Medicare Part B, unfortunately, does not meet this requirement so you will need additional health insurance coverage to avoid the Affordable Care Act penalty. Today, 16% of Wisconsin’s residents are enrolled in Medicare for coverage.
Wisconsin Medicare programs and services include:
- Original Medicare Plans - Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (medical insurance)
- Medicare Advantage Plan - Part C
- Medicare Rx Plan - Part D
Learn more about the Wisconsin Medicare program, plans, options, and FAQs